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Best science fiction and fantasy of July

As people begin to peel off to their summer vacations (many of them still staycations, but we’ll take what we can get), it’s the perfect time to start a new fantasy or sci-fi series. Happily, July includes a number of them among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Month, as well as highly anticipated reads that continue or conclude excellent...

The best business books of 2020 so far

Since we don't recommend a list of business and leadership books every month, I find myself very much looking forward to June when I can make these recommendations of the best business books of the first half of the year. It was difficult choosing which books to feature, so be sure to check out our full list of the Best Business Books of 2020 So Far....

What to read with your book club this summer

While book clubs have had to adapt in recent months, reading and discussion is still happening, be it virtual or in a socially distanced setting. So if you're thinking about what your book club might like to read this summer, we have some suggestions. Below you'll find five titles, both fiction and nonfiction, which are sure to inspire discussion if...

Best romances of 2020 so far

The romance genre spans so widely—from romantic comedies to dark fantasy, and from modern sizzlers to historical-set adventures—that picking the Best Romances of 2020 So Far is a challenge. A fun, completely enjoyable challenge! The romance genre continues to evolve—and thank goodness for that. Strong heroines now know their value without needing...

Weekend reading

We recorded an episode of the Amazon Book Review podcast today and my colleague, Vannessa Cronin, read a bit of Jess Kidd’s Things in Jars. So compelling was Kidd’s prose, and Ms. Cronin’s oration, that for any of us who haven’t already read it, it’s at the top of our to-read piles this weekend. In addition, Adrian is checking out famed fantasy writer...

12 must-read books by Black authors coming in fall 2020

I never think, “Gosh, I wish autumn were here,” when I’m in the midst of a beautiful summer, but this year… well, I just might. Fall 2020 (and I use that term loosely, since we couldn’t resist including three August titles) has a bunch of great new books by Black authors that are on our must-read lists. This year, autumn can’t come fast enough. We’ve...

John Grisham's 2020 summer reads

It's hard to believe John Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, published 31 years ago. He was still a small-town lawyer when that novel was released, and the story goes that the book had been rejected by 28 publishers before a small publisher agreed to a first printing of 5,000 copies. His second novel though, The Firm, would sell over seven million...

Books we are talking about

The big news for us is that our list of the Best Books of the Year So Far is up for customers to peruse. You can see our top 20 list, or you can look for books in a number of categories. You can also read about a few of those books below, because we are talking about them to anyone who will listen. In addition, it seems like some of the team is reading...

The best cooking, food, and wine books of 2020 so far

In 2020 the number of people cooking at home seems to have reached new heights, as the option of dining out became a fond memory in the wake of COVID-19 this spring. Luckily, many wonderful new cookbooks released in the first half of the year, making the art of the homemade meal easier, and more fun. This year we've also seen the trend of fascinating...

Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Every month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers. This month readers can select two new pre-release Kindle books for $1.99 or two free books if you’re a Prime member. July's offerings include a Midwestern memoir of identity and home; “an instant book club classic” about a politician whose career is threatened...

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